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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Tradition Continues... OOPS January Life Class set for January 18, 2015.

Make plans to join the OOPS artists as we move inside where it's warm for our annual January "Life Class" paint out... Bernie has a couple prospects for another live model this year. As usual... the class will start precisely at 1pm (don't be late if you want a good spot) and end at 4:00pm. Model will sit for approx 20 minute sessions with a 5 minute break every half hour. Someone will be there as early as noon to set up in case you want arrive early. This will be a great learning experience for us all as we hon our skills of observation and application. We will again ask for donations (approx $5 each) to pay the model for their time. Here are the photos from last year's session... SIMONE.

WHAT: OOPS! January 2015 Paint Out organized by Bernie Rosage.

WHEN: Sunday, January 18, 2015 from Noon until... Model poses from 1pm to 4:30pm with breaks at 30 minute intervals.

WHERE: Jean Wenner Studio, Council for the Arts building, 826 New Bridge Street, Downtown Jacksonville, NC 28540.


WHY: Simply put... we LOVE gathering with like minded artists and painting from life!

THERE'S MORE: We may go out afterwards to The Kettle for a Dutch-treat dinner and open critique and/or discussion about our paintings.

Newbies welcome... all mediums and skill levels... simply show up with your gear and be prepared to have fun! No worries... there are NO art-snobs in our group!

What the heck is OOPS and how do I join the FUN?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

OOPS December Yo-Yo Paint Out...

Just a reminder about our December Paint Out...

However, if anyone plans to paint please share on our Facebook group page so small groups can get together when and where ever. I plan to paint in December with our dear OOPS friend and artist, Guy Jackson, who will be visiting from Texas with his Jacksonville family in December. I'll be sure to keep y'all posted. Also... We will have our annual Life Drawing class in January at the CFTA but need to confirm date.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

SAVE THE DATES - April 16-19, 2015... Paint Out / Competition / Wet Paint Sale / Workshops / Art Block Party / OOPS April Paint Out

Dear North Carolina/South Carolina/ Virginia plein air artists... Please save these dates for an upcoming paint out/competition coming to Jacksonville, NC in April 2015. Details with a special announcement about coinciding workshops and art events coming soon. Please share this with your various plein air groups. The OOPS gang will be painting on Sunday the 19th in case you'd like to stay an extra day to join us. These special events are being sponsored by the Council for the Arts. Thanks.... Bernie Rosage Jr.

NOVEMBER OOPS Paint Out... November 16, 2014

We realize this is short notice but Karen Crenshaw has been acting like a "Storm Chaser" locating a cotton field to paint since our original plan at the Scott Farm fell through via an early pickin.

The fields are few and far between but she has got us permission to paint at one tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 16) if it is not picked today. She is scurrying today for a PLAN B or another field that may be better.

With all that said... our artists will need to follow our Facebook group page for the latest updates including location and directions at


WHEN: Sunday, November 16, 2014 ~ Noon until...

WHERE: A "cotton field" TBA... Follow LINK above for last minute details!

Here are some of Karen cotton paintings from Karen's recent plein air adventures...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mark your Calendar for the October Paint Out...

October 19, 2014 ~ OOPS October Paint Out - Sunday from Noon till 5pm at Equine Country USA, 1259 McAllister Rd in Jacksonville.  You turn off Hwy 24/258 just outside of Jacksonville onto Wells Rd, and it becomes McAllister Rd. Organized by Patsy Lain.

OOPS Extra Paint Out in September... Saturday, September 20th at the ANNUAL RIVERWALK PALOOZA !!

For those OOPS artists who cannot make it to Southport for our IPAP Worldwide Paint Out (and those who can) we will gather to paint during the day (beginning at 10am till dark or whenever you can make it) at the ANNUAL RIVERWALK PALOOZA !!

What: Extra September OOPS Paint Out

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Anytime from 10am until dark.

Where: Riverwalk Park & Willingham Park, Downtown Jacksonville

Why: For the heck of it!

What Else: 

New River Foundation and B.O.L.D. Present
Sneak Previews Weekly
 For more information call
 (910) 937-7222

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SEPTEMBER 19 AND 20, 2014
Riverwalk Park & Willingham Park
Downtown Jacksonville
Friday, Sept.19 @ 9:00 PM 
        Saturday, Sept. 20:  Gates open at 10:00 AM

Contact :   Kelly @ (910)937-7222 or  or visit:  for more information

Marina Cafe picture
 New River
Moonlight Dinner Cruise

Some of you asked for an Adult Moonlight Cruise. THANKS TO BOB BECK---You can join Capt. Mike for a Moonlight Cruise aboard the Marina Cafe' River Boat.  Reservations are required in advance. (for reservations please call our office at 910-937-7222) The cost is $25.00 per person.  (BYOB)  Click on the picture above to get more information about  Marina Cafe !!
fried fish and shrimp 
On Saturday, Capt. Mike will host ECO-CRUISES beginning at Noonaboard the Marina Cafe' River Boat.  Local Author, Georgie Stone will be your Narrator !  Thanks to Marine Cafe', we will offer a BOAT TAXI from overflow parking to the Festival !
The Beer Garden will be provided by Coastal Beverage.  Not to fret!  Wine Lovers can once again enjoy Duplin Wine !
Yoga for Adults and Kids (reservations are needed along with either a mat or towel please call 910-937-7222 to make your reservation !!)
Roaming Magician
Plenty of Craft and Food Vendors
Paddle Boarding
Canoe and Kayaking
Music Entertainment including Nantucket that will close the Riverwalk Palooza on Saturday night
Kid's area
Car show
Environmental information

Friday, August 15, 2014

Plein Air painting in Morehead City Saturday....

Note from Lou Wilson at Arts & Things. They are still looking for a few plein air painters to join the fun this Saturday but you must call Lou first to get on the official list... The number is 252-240-1979.

The Third Saturday Plein Air painting event is happening this Saturday  August 16 from 10:00am until 4:00pm on the Morehead City Waterfront around the Big Rock Fountain. Come enjoy watching artists create wonderful new paintings in all mediums : Oils, Acrylics, Pastels and Watercolors. Buy a painting you like right on the spot! (some have been sold right off the easel!)

This month's artists include Eleanor McArver,  Sue Cheatham,  George Basom, Rick Shapero, Katherin Morgan, Linda Kramer  and others (they're still calling in!)  Come on down and enjoy..... plein air.

Arts & Things | 704 Evans Street | Morehead City Waterfront | NC | 28557

Monday, August 11, 2014

Join the NC Plein Air Painters Forum...

If you are an OOPS artist and you have not joined the NC Plein Air Painters Forum already you should do so asap. This is a project to link and inform all the plein air painters in our state. Once you have joined (Free BTW)... you need to join the OOPS group within the site.Here is a link to the site... NCPAP.ORG

After you sign up... join the OOPS Group at NCPAP OOPS Group.

Last but not least... LIKE their Facebook page HERE.

Monday, August 4, 2014

OOPS August 2014 Nocturnal Paint Out this Saturday... August 9, 2014 at 7pm.

Brenda Behr is READY!
OOPS August 2014 Nocturnal Paint Out in Downtown Swansboro this Saturday, August 9th. 7pm until...

Anyone wanting to show up for a Dutch Treat Dinner before hand (Somewhere along the waterfront) can show up at 5 pm. We will meet in the parking lot at the end of the street where the Irish Pub on Water and Church Street is located and decide from there where to eat,

If you don’t want to come for dinner come  around 7pm.

Be sure to bring your small dollar store book lights to light your panel and palette. Head/hat lamps would work great. Bug spray will probably be a MUST. Also, load your palettes before you come so you will already know what colors you will be using. Premixing your colors would also be helpful.

If you would like to practice... The CCPAP plein air group who are joining us for this event are painting there this Wednesday at 7pm... feel free to join them.

See you Saturday... Hope this rain gets out of here!

OOPS September Paint Out in Southport for IPAP's Worldwide Paint Out!

September 13, 2014 ~ Sept 13 is the 2nd celebration of the International Plein Air Paintout in Southhport...with a wet paint sell on the grounds of Ft Johnston (the Southport Visitor's Center....) mark your calendar and plan to come.....It was a Great Time Had By All last year... 

2nd Annual Southport International Paint Out Day in honor of the 12th International World Wide Paint Out Day
Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:00 - 4:30

Organized by Jim McIntosh
It's coming soon, the Southport, NC celebration of the International Plein Air Paint out......September 13.....paint out and wet paint sale and no fees....Y'ALL COME.....last year there were over 35 artist who participated.....Non painters come to meet the artists and enjoy their day's work.. 
It's FREE ..BUT... you MUST Pre-Register online at

Quick link to Details and Registration... HERE...

RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 14

Southport, NC – SOUTHPORT, NC
Southport Celebrates International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out.
Artist from around North and South Carolina are invited to historic Southport to celebrate th 12th International Plein Air Worldwide Paint Out.  2nd Annual Southport Plein Air paint-out is an exciting OUTDOOR event, sponsored by the City of Southport as a way to support artists in our area and bring public art to our streets. The event will take place on Saturday, September, 13, 2014 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Mark you Calendar for this amazing event and join us in Southport,  where our area’s most talented painters will be painting En Plein Air (in the opThis event is open and free to the public, however, all participating artist MUST register. Each artist will create original painting(s) of Southport’s historic landscape and buildings. The public is invited to stroll our streets and watch as each artist turns a blank canvas in to a “one of a kind” piece of Southport art. 
Mark you Calendar for this amazing event and join us in Southport,  where our area’s most talented painters will be painting En Plein Air (in the open air).
Don't miss the WET PAINT Sale at the end of the day. Artist will gather on the lawn of the Fort Johnston Museum, where the public will be invited to view and purchase an original piece of art. WET PAINT SA:E will open to the public @ 3:30 until 4:30.  Please note that our works of art sale out quickly. '
Art enthusiasts will have a chance to take home one of these treasures in what we feel will become a collection that will be revered for many generations to come. 
Fort Johnston - Southport Museum and Visitors’ Center located at 203 E. Bay, behind the NC Maritime Museum.
The beauty is within our streets, the finished product is in the hands of the artist.
Artists are encouraged to register on line as soon as possible, visit www.cityofsouthport and click on the Southport Paint Out Day register form link.  
For more information contact Cindy Brochure, Director of Tourism, City of Southport at 910-523-6124.

Annual International Worldwide Paint Out ~ About IPAP's WW Paint Out HERE.

Invitation from Phyllis to join her in a Paint Out in Salisbury, NC on October 11th.

Phyllis Eaton…
Phyllis Eaton Steimel has invited you to the event 'Oil Painters of America Paint Out' on North Carolina Plein Air Painters!
Check out "Oil Painters of America Paint Out" on North Carolina Plein Air Painters

Phyllis Eaton Steimel

Oil Painters of America Paint OutTime: October 11, 2014 from 9am to 7pm
Location: Salisbury, NC
Organized By: Phyllis Eaton Steimel

Event Description:
Come to Historic Salisbury and enjoy a great day of painting during the Annual Historic Salisbury October Tour. Lots of sites to paint, the city dresses up for the affair. We will "kick off" the event at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center at 9 AM and finish with a reception at the Dr. Josephus Hall House where the art of the day will be on display.

See more details and RSVP on North Carolina Plein Air Painters:

Friday, July 18, 2014

OOPS T-shirts, totes, stickers, etc...

A special thanks to our own Jim Phillips for designing a cool logo that is available on T-shirts, tote bags, pillows, stickers, etc... through Redbubble, a safe and secure place to order online. Jim is kindly donating all profits from the OOPS apparel sales to the Council for the Arts of Jacksonville/Onslow.

The link for the Redbubble OPPS Apparel site is HERE...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nocturne painting preparation...

Here is a helpful list of things when considering plein air painting at night... referred to as "nocturne plein air." This info comes from the awesome Irish site... Plein Eire...

Nocturne Plein Air

Helpful hints for painting nocturnes:

1. Attach an Led booklight to your easel, or wear a cap-lamp.You can get these at the Dollar Tree Store... It is a good idea to get one for your easel and one for your palette.
2. Wear layers of of warm clothes, and carry a hot drink thermos flask. Not in our case... we are doing this on a full moon in August to beat the heat... Insect repellant is a must!
3. Keep moving; take little exercise breaks to keep the circulation going.
4. Lay out your paints on your palette before you leave home.
5. Use a limited palette of familiar colours.
6. Use a middle-toned canvas or panel to speed up the painting and to give a guide to middle tones, which can be difficult to judge.
7. Let someone know where you are, and bring your mobile phone.


Mark your calendar for our OOPS August Nocturne Plein Air Paint Out in Downtown Swansboro on...

August 9, 2014 ~ OOPS Paint Out ~ Saturday Evening... We will met at a place TBA for dinner at 4pm and then paint a nocturnal scene in downtown Swansboro, NC. If you choose not to eat... show up downtown around 7 pm. The CCPAP painting group will join us for this special event. August 10th is a Full Moon so the light should be great.
Don't forget out July paint out this Sunday...

July 20, 2014 ~ OOPS July Paint Out ~ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Noon until - Sturgeon City Park - downtown Jacksonville - great elevated views of Wilson Bay... Plus pathways, marshes, sawgrass, trees. Etc... July Paint Out organized by Jim Phillips...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In memory of Terry Rogers...

Dear OOPS artists... I just found out some sad news today... Many of you remember Bonnie Rogers from Burgaw who used to paint with us in the past... Her husband, Terry, passed on March 25th. Terry was always a faithful bystander as Bonnie painted with us. Here they are pictured together at one of our paint outs.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In Memory of Barbara Hesketh...

The family of plein air painters in Eastern NC lost a dear friend, Barbara Hesketh... She painted with the OOPS group on several occasions and will be sorely missed by those who knew her...

John Hanley's tribute below says it all!
Barbara Hesketh, friend and fellow artist, after a strong fight, finally gave in to her struggle with cancer. She was known for her spectacular, sometimes moody, sky vistas and I guess she has her brushes with her because this sky was outside our front door tonight.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Understanding Aerial Perspective... A MUST for Landscape Painters!

I shared this with my class and thought you all may enjoy it. Understanding and using aerial/atmospheric perspective is an essential tool in the landscape painters toolbox.
The image alone speaks volumes... FYI... Bernie

Aerial or atmospheric interference with visual perception causes loss of contrast, detail and sharp focus. The effect, which Leonardo called "the perspective of disappearance," tends to make objects seem to take on a blue-gray middle value as they increase in distance. This effect is used by film makers to give the illusion of great depth, but can be used to great effect by painters and draftsmen. The illustration above shows loss of color saturation, contrast, and detail as the cubes fall further away from the viewer. Here is a list of attributes that objects have as they recede in space:
SIZE OF OBJECTS-smaller objects seem farther away (distortions can occur if objects are the same size or too close to the viewer).
OVERLAPPING OR SUPERIMPOSING-by partially covering one object with another it gives an appearance of depth (distortions also occur if viewer is too close).
TEXTURE-density increases as an object gets further away.
SPACING-objects clustered closer together seem farther away. Horizontal lines which get closer as they near the horizon line appear to be defining a recession in space.
FOCUS-objects lose detail as they recede into space.
BRIGHTNESS-objects are brighter when closer to the viewer, except for reflective surfaces.
SHADE AND SHADOW-darker shadows seem closer especially if overlapping other shadows.
UPWARD ANGULAR LOCATION-creates depth if juxtaposed to ground and sky lines, e.g. tall buildings.
COLOR-color intensity is much greater closer to the viewer and tends toward medium gray as it recedes.
Hint: As objects recede away from the viewer in atmospheric perspective, bright whites and rich blacks tend toward medium gray and eventually disappear into a blue/gray background. Even colors have greater intensity closer to a viewer than they do further away.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

OOPS July Paint Out set for July 20th at Sturgeon City Park

WHAT: OOPS!  JULY 2014 Paint Out organized by Jim Phillips.

WHEN: Sunday, July 20, 2014, from Noon until...

WHERE: Sturgeon City Park, Downtown Jacksonville. Click link for directions and images. Great
 elevated views of Wilson Bay... Plus pathways, marshes, sawgrass, trees. etc...

WHY: Simply put... we LOVE gathering with like minded artists and painting outdoors!

Newbies welcome... all mediums and skill levels... simply show up with your gear and be prepared to have fun! No worries... there are NO art-snobs in our group!

What the heck is OOPS and how do I join the FUN? 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

July and August Paint Outs...

We still need someone to organize our July Paint Out... any suggestions?

August paint out... We will beat the heat by doing a nocturnal plein air outing in downtown Swansboro on Saturday, August 9th (Full moon is on the 10th). The CCPAP group plan to join us. We can meet for dinner at 4pm (place TBA) and then paint afterwards. Mark your calendar for this special paint out.

The Die-Hards were painting in the Swansboro Flood today...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Paint Out this Saturday at the "Arts by the Sea" Festival in Swansboro...

OOPS Paint Out this Saturday at the "Arts by the Sea" Festival in Downtown Swansboro. This is a floating paint out meaning that you come paint when you can between 8am until... We originally talked about doing a nocturnal scene there but did not get enough response so we opted to paint only during the day. We will schedule a nocturnal paint out at a later date this summer.

MAX EFFORT EVENT ~ OOPS June Paint Out - Saturday, June 14, 2014 ~ 8am - Until - Downtown Swansboro, NC - "Arts by the Sea" Festival in Swansboro.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

WHOOPS... Moved our May Paint Out from Mother's Day to May 18th

WHAT: OOPS!  MAY 2014 Paint Out organized by Bernie Rosage.

WHEN: Sunday, May 18, 2014, from Noon until...

WHERE: Richard Ray Park/Jacksonville Commons Park, Jacksonville Commons, Jacksonville, NC... 1200 Commons Dr N or 100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28546

WHY: Simply put... we LOVE gathering with like minded artists and painting outdoors!

Newbies welcome... all mediums and skill levels... simply show up with your gear and be prepared to have fun! No worries... there are NO art-snobs in our group!

What the heck is OOPS and how do I join the FUN? 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

OOPS May and June Paint Out Dates and Locations plus MORE Events

April 30 - May 2, 2014 - Kinston, NC Plein Air Paint Out... Click HERE for details.

May 10, 2014 ~ Stephen Greer Plein Air Workshop ($15) ~ Miracle Meadows Equestrian Academy, Jacksonville, NC... Click HERE for details.

May 10, 2014 ~ CCPAP's Plein Air Event - Downtown New Bern, NC... Click HERE for details.

OOPS May Paint Out - May 11, 2014 ~ OOPS Paint Out... Noon until... Richard Ray Park/ Jacksonville Commons Park, Jacksonville Commons, Jacksonville, NC...
  • 1200 Commons Dr N or 100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28546

OOPS June Paint Out - Saturday, June 14, 2014 ~8am - Until - Downtown Swansboro, NC - "Arts by the Sea" Festival in Swansboro. MAX EFFORT EVENT 

Simply put... we LOVE gathering with like minded artists and painting outdoors!

Newbies welcome... all mediums and skill levels... simply show up with your gear and be prepared to have fun! No worries... there are NO art-snobs in our group!

What the heck is OOPS and how do I join the FUN? 

CCPAP's Plein Air Event... May 10th in New Bern

Susan Cheatham and the CCPAP's Event

First Annual Plein Air and Classic Car Event

Event Details

First Annual Plein Air and Classic Car Event
Time: May 10, 2014 from 9am to 3pm
Location: Historic downtown New Bern
Street: Pollock, Craven, Middle Streets
City/Town: New Bern , NC
Phone: Vickie 252 626 6750 Susan 252 675 7431
Event Type: paintoutandwetpaintsale
Organized By: Susan Cheatham Vickie Vitalie and Coastal Carolina PAP plus FCCAACA